Career Profiles: Music

CSULB Department of Music

Music majors may choose to train as performers (including conductors), composers/arrangers, teachers, historians or therapists. Music professionals are employed throughout the country, although more opportunities in some fields exist in metropolitan areas where live performances and recording activities are concentrated. Most people who enter music careers begin studying an instrument or voice at an early age. Music performers, whether they sing or play an instrument in a symphony orchestra, jazz or rock group, usually undergo many years of formal and informal training. A thorough knowledge of music, the ability to interpret music, private study with an accomplished musician and training at a university or conservatory are essential to acquire the technical skills critical for success. Additionally, constant study, practice and self-discipline are fundamental to maintain a high quality of performance.

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Career Possibilities:

Additional experience and/or education may be required

  • Arranger
  • Choral Director
  • Composer
  • Copyist
  • Music Critic
  • Music Director
  • Music Editor
  • Music Librarian
  • Music Teacher
  • Music Therapist
  • Musical Instrument Sales Representative
  • Musical Instrument Technician
  • Musician
  • Orchestra Conductor
  • Performing Arts Manager
  • Singer
  • Talent Agent

Where Employed:

  • Chamber music
  • Colleges and universities
  • Copyright consultant
  • Film, television and music video production companies
  • Hospitals
  • Instrument manufacturers
  • Music conservatories
  • Musical ensembles
  • Opera groups
  • Record companies
  • Self-employment
  • Sound Engineer Technicians
  • Symphony
  • Theater

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